Good news! Despite earlier previous sharp words for how Valiant was handling properties that had reversion clauses for creators, artist Kevin Maguire recently Fb’d that he “is cool” with how they are handling Trinity Angels.
And had a pleasant chat with Valiant CEO Dinesh Shamdasani who gave me all the information I was looking for vis-a-vis Trinity Angels. I am now cool with them.
Maguire had written via various social media and message board comments that he had attempted to acquire the rights to Trinity Angels—which he created for the previous version of Valiant in the ’90s—and creators Christopher Priest and Mark Bright had also attempted to regain rights to Quantum and Woody. Although the original creators contracts held a reversal clause, Valiant’s acquisition by Acclaim and Acclaim’s subsequent bankruptcy left the rights in a jumble, with the new Valiant having a clear claim to the characters, as they purchased Acclaims assets at bankruptcy.
However, there’s still some moral outrage about the old story of creators losing their characters. Valiant’s team has tried to get in front of the story, though, as recounted by Kevin Melrose.
In a March interview with CBR, Valiant’s Shamdasani said the company has spoken with Priest and Bright “about a bunch of different projects — most recently one that I’m super-excited about.” “We have a couple things up in the air with Chris, and we’re pulling to circle back and solidify them now that we have the new series up and running in a place we’re happy about.”
While Priest and Bright have remained silent, Quantum and Woody, the much missed team is not only getting a new series by James Asmus, Tom Fowler and Jordie Bellaire, it’s now getting a weekly webcomic by Asmus and Ty Templeton that will run on IGN for six weeks as a precursor to the Q&W #1 launch on July 10th. It’s not really a webcomic so much as a serialized teaser but…hey Ty Templeton!
Quantum and Woody are a couple of regular guys who become superheroes and have to stay in close proximity to one another in order to survive. The humor of the Priest/Bright original has, we’d say, been pretty influential over the years.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.